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Posted by

Adriana LaGrange

Date

July 21, 2021

Topic

K to 12 Education

This fall, about 40 teens in Alberta will begin a transformative and fun experience: they will become my new Minister’s Youth Council.

These junior and senior high students come from all across Alberta – urban, rural, north and south – and were selected from more than 350 applicants. I’m told that in their interviews, these youth spoke about how they’ve handled challenges, how they work with diverse groups of people, and what they would do if they were Minister of Education.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to get to meet them. You can see the list of names.

They will provide advice on initiatives that will shape the future of our province. And they’ll learn about leadership, mental health, goal-setting, financial literacy – and so much more.

Minister’s Youth Council members also develop a range of skills and learn about government processes and policy cycles. They also gain new perspective by learning from their peers, and cultivate leadership skills.

This past year, members of the youth council experienced personal growth – even though they met entirely online and were living and learning during COVID-19. They offered input on issues like the draft elementary school curriculum, anti-racism, student transportation and other education initiatives.

Specifically, they were highly aware of how the pandemic impacted the mental health of students. They provided important feedback, and contributed to us holding a virtual mental wellness day for all schools. We also actively promoted the Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868 or text 686868) and online resources for teens through Jack.org.

Last year’s council also had numerous opportunities to have candid conversations with my colleagues in government – including Premier Jason Kenney and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

On behalf of Alberta’s government, I’d like to thank our outgoing council and welcome the new one. I look forward to working with you.

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    Adriana LaGrange

    Adriana LaGrange was sworn in as as Minister of Education on April 30, 2019.

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